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November 6, 2008

Could the "change" be the End Times?

I will be the first person to admit that I am in utter disbelief at the results of the recent Presidential Election. Josh and I stayed awake all night long watching the results come in, and I could feel my heart sink deeper and deeper into my stomach. I had a gut-wrenching feeling throughout most of the night that the results were not going to pan out the way that I wanted to, but still, I watched. Mesmerized by the TV and the events that were unfolding in front of me. I'll admit, to an extent it was interesting to witness history in the making as America elected it's first African-American/Black (I am still never sure which term to use here to keep from stepping on anyones toes...) President. I believe America has come a long way, and Barack Obama is a prime example that no matter what race, religion, or nationality you are-you can accomplish anything. That, and that alone, was the only postive feelings I had about the election all night. The rest of the time, I sat there, sick to my stomach with the fear of what is to come to our nation. I was sitting on our couch, holding our new baby boy and fighting back the tears thinking of all that he will have to face in his life. Our country is in for an awakening that I don't believe anyone is prepared for.
I don't usually follow politics too closely...I think that 99% of politicians are liars-saying whatever it takes to get themselves into office-and that, ultimately, what the American people think and need, falls on deaf ears. I vote, if for no other reason just so I have a right to complain. (If you don't take the time to exercise your right to vote, then don't complain when things don't go the way that you want.) However, this years election piqued my interest in a way that no other ever had. The main reason-because of the fall America is experiencing. I've listened to numerous preachers and teachers talk about the End Times, and have done my share of reading and studying of the book of Revelations. I am a firm believer, that our generation is living in the End Times. Everything that the Bible predicts, is being laid out day by day, right before our very eyes.
There are no morals and no values left in our society. On Tuesday: *The State of Colorado rejected Amendment 48 to define a "person" from the point of egg fertilization. Why? Because if this amendment would have passed (It was overturned by a 3 to 1 vote) women choosing to go through with an abortion, would technically be comitting murder (which if you ask me, whether or not it is written in an amendment, abortion is murder. Period.) *South Dakota voted on Measure 11, which would allow abortion in extreme cases (rape, incest, or when a mother's health is in danger). It was rejected by 56%. *California rejected Proposition 4, which requires that girls under the age of 18 seek parental consent before having an abortion. *South Carolina did away completely with Statuatory Laws. Formerly, both sexes had to consent to sexual activity at the age of 16...now, it's perfectly legal for a 60 year old man to have sexual relations with a 15 year old girl...as long it's ok with both of them. * Arizona, California and Florida all voted on legalizing Gay Marriage. Arizona and Florida both upheld the standards that define marriage as the relationship between "one man and one woman." While, California passed Proposition 8, which overturns the 2000 decision that states that banning gay marriage is unconstitutional.
Now, even though abortion wasn't legalized and gay marriage wasn't legalized, it is utterly pathetic that America has even come to the point of having to VOTE on these issues. Where are the morals? Our nation was founded on Christian principles...those principles are found in the Bible. The Bible clearly states 1) Murder is sin...and whether you agree or not, a fetus has a heartbeat before a woman is even able to find out if she is pregnant. Meaning that when she decides to go through with an abortion, that baby is already a living being with a heartbeat. That is considered murder. 2) Gay marriage is wrong. It's in the bible. "A man shall not lie with another man as he does with a woman." -Leviticus 18:22.
In my opinion, our country is turning into a present day Sodom and Gomorrah. This is a popular topic of discussion around our house. Josh has done intense study on the book of Genesis, particularly on where the story of Sodom and Gomorrah is told. For those who haven't read the story and aren't familiar with what it entails, I'll give a brief crash course. Sodom and Gomorrah were cities with no morals, no values, no sense of decency whatsoever. Full of filth, sin, and unrighteousness. In Genesis Chapter 18, God tells Abraham that he plans to destroy the city because of its wickedness. In the end, Gods wrath rained down on a city that turned away from him and chosen to live a life of devience, sexual sin, and evil. Take a look at our country. We have taken God out of our schools, and are in a constant battle day in and day out with people wanting to remove God from our money and from our pledge. Homosexuality and sexual sin in general flood our streets; murder, rape, robbery...overshadow everything on the news. Wake up people...we live in a cruel, evil society. I believe, in the end, just like with Sodom and Gomarrah, Christs wrath will rain down on our country because of our evil and our wickedness. It's inevitable. The proof is in the book of Revelations...all we are doing now is biding time until God has enough of our sin.
The Apostle Paul gave us two bible verses that describe things we will face and things that will come to be in the end times.
II Timothy 3:1-5,7 "But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of god; holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power; always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth."
Scary huh? Turn on your TV...walk down the street. Every bit of this is in plain sight day in and day out. Take a look at our economy. Our stock market is down trillions of dollars just in the past 24 hours. Look at the kids walking the streets-gangs, guns, drugs, teenage pregnancy. Robbery, Murder, Rape. It's everywhere. It's scary.
I Timothy 4:1-3 "But the spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons. By means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth."
Churches are becoming tolerant of sin...preaching on compassion and tolerance of those who practice sinful ways (homosexuality in particular). New Age Religion is all around us. People practicing Wicka, Witchcraft, Ouija Boards...Environmentalists teaching the practice of worshiping "Mother Earth and Father Sky", Reincarnation, Karma, and the idea of Past Lives. Christians are falling away from their faith. Our society is pushing out the Christian Faith.
So, I say all of this and relate it to President-Elect Obama how and why? To say that our country is in the End Times and I believe that he is a key player in what is to come. Do I think he is the Anti-Christ? I'm not quite sure yet. I did some studying on the Anti-Christ before, and there were several scriptures that give evidence that the Anti-Christ will not only be unmarried, but homosexual, and I don't think he fits that role. Plus, I personally do not believe that the United States will play a major role when it comes to the End Times. I do believe, that he is preparing the world for the uprising of the Anti-Christ. His ability to speak and influence large groups...his likeability...his charm...his promises. Look at the way other countries cheered and chanted at the news that Obama had won the Presidency. Since when do foreign countries care so much who wins our election? I'm sure they've always kept up with it, just for the sense of being up to date on current affairs...but to stand and cheer, chant, cry and hold signs like they were doing in Russia and Japan? That's by no means a typical reaction. He has the nation at his finger tips...the media, the newspapers...all of them are dangling at his fingers-waiting on his next move. Trusting and believing everything he says. He's not been able to stopped so far. I was expecting a far closer Presidential race, but he blew McCain out of the water.
Look at the promises Obama has made. Promises to repair a broken economy and broken nation. I'm afraid he's brainwashed people into believing that he and he alone is going to solve the worlds trouble. Fix their problems, fix their finances, and make everything A-Ok. Impossible. Only 1 can do all of that...and he's not been on this Earth for thousands of years. His name is Jesus Christ-Not Barack Obama. But his influence is there, in a way no other Presidents influence ever has been. I'll admit that I'm scared for our nation. I'm afraid that all of these "changes" he has promised, are not the "changes" people are anticipating. I believe they will be some of the final changes this country will see-leading up the uprising of the Anti-Christ and the final battle between good and evil.
So what now? What do we do? I'll say it like everyone else has said-I'll pray. I'll hold onto my faith and accept that God has everthing in his hands and his power. I'll continue to pray for our country, our president, his advisors. He has been chosen to lead this country, and he is at God's disposition. My faith is intact...my God is mighty and Great. I know, whether it be the End Times or Not, that He will prevail and his will will be carried out. In the end, my home is in Heaven and all things of this Earth shall pass away. May God Continue to Bless America.

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At November 9, 2008 at 12:23 PM , Blogger The Bates Family said...

Courtney,
Firstly, I love reading your blog and congrats on your sweet Noah! Can't wait to see you back on Tuesdays and meet your son.

About your entry on Mr. Obama, I couldn't agree more. In fact, there are a lot of Christians (and non-Christians) that see his influence and question it. I think we're on the same page. Scary!

See you soon and get some rest!
Kelli :)

 

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